Favourite Song from An Ancient Muse

I think I have to say they're all my favorites. I have a different reason why I love each of them, though. Caravanserai has a wonderful rhythm, and the lyrics for Beneath A Phrygian Sky are touching, but I love them all. I think that's one of the marks of a really good artist, when all of their songs find a different way to touch you.

~Anya Prynn
I would have to say Caravanserai is my favorite.

The album as a whole is amazing. On another thread an individual indicated that she was dissappointed because the album was similiar to previous albums. I my opinion, while the album has a similiar sound, that is not a bad thing. I love Mckennitt's music because it is different, it has a unique sound that will put you in a musical trance.

I listened to Caravanserai in Dolby Digital the first night and what an incredible experience. It was amazing. No other album by another artist will takes it's listeners on such an amazing musical journey.

Thanks Loreena for another amazing album!
Yes, I remember reading someone's comment about the similarity of AM and Loreena's previous work. While I did notice some, I can't say it was "Ah, that's so like 'Between the Shadows'..." But more of a style thing? There is definitely so much more Med./Middle-Eastern influence in AM. It's beautiful. What an incredible album.
Caravanserai is definately amazing...but, I like so many here, find the entire album to my liking. Someone here mentions the similarity to other albums....

I can see where they are coming from - I hear traces and essences of previous recordings in many of the songs, and I think that is a wonderful thing. After all this time its like saying 'this is where weve come from' while the new qualities of the music on An Ancient Muse are saying 'This is where we're going'

Completly Brilliant in my opinion!
Laurie
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Originally posted by Fedelma:
Yes, I remember reading someone's comment about the similarity of AM and Loreena's previous work. While I did notice some, I can't say it was "Ah, that's so like 'Between the Shadows'..." But more of a style thing? There is definitely so much more Med./Middle-Eastern influence in AM. It's beautiful. What an incredible album.


Kecharitomene reminds me of Marco Polo, and Incantation of Prologue. Smiler
I would prefer to view the whole album as a nine course meal served up with an appropriate drink to each and every song. I only received my copy two days ago and am still in the process of discovering all of the varied aspects of individual songs as well as digesting the completeness of the CD.

That it is an excellent album there is no doubt but every time I listen to it I discover something new. It will probably be a few months before I have a favourite and then it will probably be two favourites - one with vocals and one instrumental. Smiler
I like it to a musically culinary delight! You cannot eat just one piece to truly i=enjoy what the overall meal brings to the table (he he he); You must take it all in……. I feast upon the whole!

As for similarities vs. differences – I agree with Laurie’s analogy. I might try to add that the repetitive themes in the music are those echoed by the same themes she finds in the religions she write about – and each with their differences.

She is a masterpiece with understanding and humility.
I am so very in love with "Amhràn Duit" and "Caravanserai" right now!

I can understand the thoughts behind people saying that it sounds a lot like previous albums, as well, but I think that they also need to take into mind that she's still exploring. She will always be exploring, in one way or another, I think. Since these songs were written about her travels, in a way, the musical styles are very similar to other places she's been!

But those are just my thoughts on the subject.
Well Ysbrd I love the Ancient Muse EXACTLY because it reminds me of Loreena's past masterpieces !!

The Ancient Muse has elements of inspiration without copying last works..It just has the "air" , the FLAME of past and the attitude of them ... And its the attitude we all love and we all want to listen in future Loreena's works !!!

When I get the cd I ordered from B&N I will post my personal review on it althoug having listened to the wonderful samples again and again I am sure of my opinion...

Greetings
Mihalis
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Originally posted by Mihalis:
Well Ysbrd I love the Ancient Muse EXACTLY because it reminds me of Loreena's past masterpieces !!


I agree, of course! I meant what I said in regards to people who think it sounds "too much" like her past recordings. I personally enjoy the fact that it sounds similar to her previous projects. It has that special something that only Loreena can put into her music. Smiler
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Originally posted by Mihalis:
When I get the cd I ordered from B&N I will post my personal review on it althoug having listened to the wonderful samples again and again I am sure of my opinion...


I got the B&N edition last week, Mihali, and I got thrilled. The samples are nothing compared to the actual songs! Listening to the samples is like looking to a sigle star through cloudy skies, listening to the whole album is like looking at the most brilliant night sky you can see, full of the stars of countless galaxies, encircling a melancholic moon....
Hooray, it is here finally! After traveling over most of western Washington State (thanks UPS) my two copies arrived yesterday. One is for myself and one for my dear friend that introduced me to Loreena's music. Thank-you Jeanie! All of the songs are wonderful for their own unique reasons. For some reason I am really drawn towards "Raglan Road" though. For those of you that don't have it, you really need to obtain it. I have been sitting here listening to it over and over. Loreena's vocalization on that song along with her piano playing will probably move my former 'favorite' song (All Souls Night) down a notch!! On both of those songs her piano work is tops in my opinion. Thank you Loreena for a wonderful work of art.
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Originally posted by Jeanne:
Favourite track from 'An Ancient Muse'? Hehe--how about, whichever one happens to be playing at the moment, on my stereo here? When all are of such high quality, I find it impossible to 'play favourites'. One will strike me, then another, and later, another...but ALL have found favour, here. Smiler

On the other hand, how ABOUT this arrangement of 'Raglan Road'? I've sung the song, I've heard others' renditions of it; NEVER have I heard such an--EMOTIONAL rendition of the piece, however. I think, maybe ONLY Loreena could get by with such a thing? I LOVE her version of it! Big Grin

Just--'Raglan Road' really isn't part of 'An Ancient Muse' so I'm considering it as simply the 'bonus' song obviously intended, when B&N made the arrangements to offer it as such. I feel sorry for anybody who doesn't get to purchase or hear it, by the way... Wink


/signed Big Grin
¡Hola a todos! Hello everybody! I am still in the process of "assimilating" the album, too, but I can say already that it is one of my Loreena's favorite ones. As always, I have become impressed with the beautiful arragements, personally the songs "Incantation"(as I said in another post, I almost get in trance with this song, it's different, I haven't been able to find a structure for it and I like that), the live version of "Caravanserai" and "Kecharitomene" have attracted my attention, but all the songs have something special.
Hugs,

MANEL
So many good songs! When I first got the album I was really into Penelope's Song and the bonus version of Beneath A Phrygian Sky from iTunes. Now I have fallen in love with Caravanserai. If I start playing the album on one of my favourite songs I have to listen to every song after it. Loreena McKennitt really has the power to draw you into another world and I don't really ever want to leave...
I voted for "Can't decide, I like them all too much!" Big Grin

My B&N edition just arrived today. I have listened to the album for several times now, and I am totally surprised!!!

The bonus track Raglan Road was recorded in 1991, I really wonder why it has never been released in the past since it is such a beautiful song. I have heard many versions of this Irish ballad, but Loreena's version is definitely the best and the most emotional one(in fact I feel that the other versions are nothing compared to Loreena's)...

I agree with Jeanne that Raglan Road indeedly doesn't belong to this album, that's why it is here as a bonus trackSmiler

I have to say that I just love ALL the songs from An Ancient Muse and I can never pick up a favourite!

regards,
Cocoa
I love all of Loreena's songs. But sadly, I don't have the patience for some of them. Being a teenager with an incredibly short attention span, I feel like the songs are way too long. I wish there were more songs on her CDs. Then there would be more to listen to.

But then again...

All of the songs are so carefully thought out and so well written/ composed, that it would seem a shame to cut a song of hers short!

Back to the topic we started on...

My favourite song on An Ancient Muse is probably Incantation, but I don't know.

I do know that my favourite song of all time is definately Full Circle.
My husband and I are unable to decide which is our favorite because they all seem to touch one aspect or another of our inner selves. We just close our eyes, rapped around eachother, and listen to what Loreena's music has to tell us. Super album. And I thought Loreena hit the sky with The Visit. It is great to (see) hear you back on this side of the road Loreena. I can't wait until you start giving shows again. We will go any where to watch you perform live. This is our dream. Hope to see you soon. Cheers,

Nicole and Carlos
Hmmm....I think it's interesting that you have that experience with Loreena's music. Granted I've been born and bred off of ballads, fairytales, and folklore, I find that all of her songs and instrumental pieces tell ageless, beginningless, and endless stories that carry me through a thousand worlds with each verse. I can understand the sentiment towards some music, but with Loreena's...I seem to always find that I'm always surprised every time I listen to a song, that it feels like the first time hearing it, even after the hundreth.
Mine is "Never-ending Road (Amhràn Duit)".

A question to the mods: would it be possible to put the two polls about "your favourite track from AAM" together (I mean the one I opened in the "General" section and this one), including all the tracks and the other options in the possible choices?

There are also many other threads that should be removed from the "general" section and put in the "AAM" section...
Would it be possible to have all the threads divided into more than two section? There could be a "general" section, a section dedicated to the new album, a section dedicated to "favourites", a section dedicated to "off topics", a section dedicated to "history & culture"... and so on.

Thanks to whoever wishes to answer! Smiler
Though, as I have already posted, I don't have favourites in this wonderful album (and I still hold on to that), I feel the need to express how lucky and blessed I consider myself having ordered the special edition with 'Raglan Road'. Though the piece does not belong thematically to the rest of the album, I have come to a point that I cannot think myself not having this particular piece.It is, if not my favourite then surely, one of my 10 top love songs (along Carrighfergus, Dark Night of the Soul and Amhran Duit Big Grin ). I'm sorry for those of you who will not get a chance to listen to it. It breaks your heart in two Smiler. Thank you Loreena.....
Hey Arend, the best man at my wedding a few months ago is from Rotterdam...and I'm in New York City. It's a small world! Be well and enjoy!

Jeff

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Originally posted by Arend:
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Originally posted by Fedelma:
Yes, I remember reading someone's comment about the similarity of AM and Loreena's previous work. While I did notice some, I can't say it was "Ah, that's so like 'Between the Shadows'..." But more of a style thing? There is definitely so much more Med./Middle-Eastern influence in AM. It's beautiful. What an incredible album.


Kecharitomene reminds me of Marco Polo, and Incantation of Prologue. Smiler
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Originally posted by vale:
I can't vote now, I still have to make up my mind, I've only listened to the album twice... but my istant-favourite is "The English Ladye And The Knight", with "Never-ending Road (Amhràn Duit)" close second.

Mine too! I love them both. But if/when you get Raglan Road, you may add that one to your favourites. I think, though I've only had AAM for a few days, that my favourite song on it is Raglan Road. It's really heartaching. The lyrics are wonderful. Does anyone know where I can get the offical lyrics?
The English Ladye And The Knight is oh so beautiful. I love the boys choir. It adds a great atmosphere. I have always loved boys choirs, ever since I can remember. Cool

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